Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club awarded 17 scholarships

Published 11:21 am Saturday, May 11, 2024

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The Dallas-Wilcox BAMA Club awarded 17 scholarships to the Class of 2024 at its annual awards banquet on Thursday at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

The Club funded the scholarships to: Anna Brech (Morgan Academy), Mariah Flennory (Southside), Shamia Foster (Southside), Kadasia Hall (Dallas County), Milton Hand (Morgan Academy), Chryshaun Hatcher (Selma), Markus Jackson (Keith), Claire Johnson (Morgan Academy), Amira McCants (Wilcox Central),  Margaret Minter (Morgan Academy), Camaya Moore (Dallas County), Anne Frances Pearce (Morgan Academy), Alexis Perry (Selma), Demetria Tabb (Dallas County), Anne Hayes Utsey (Morgan Academy) and Frank York (Selma).

Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club President Ronnie Leet said the 17 scholarships have a total value of $45,000. 

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“We are proud to be part of these amazing students headed to the University,” Leet said. “Our primary responsibility as a membership-based club is to provide financial assistance to qualifying high school seniors from Dallas, Wilcox, and surrounding counties, who plan to attend the University of Alabama. Our second responsibility is to promote fun and excitement about Alabama academics and athletics.”

Alabama radio play-by-play announcer Chris Stewart was the keynote speaker. Stewart thanked the Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club, the scholarship recipients and their parents.

“I want the Dallas-Wilcox Bama to know how much they are appreciated,” Stewart said. “I’m grateful you are doing this for the kids to continue their education at the University of Alabama. The University of Alabama is a special place.”

Leet said he’s proud of the Dallas-Wilcox Club starting with an initial endowment fund of $10,000 in 1987 to a current endowment market fund value of over $1.1 million.

The Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club is associated with the University of Alabama National Alumni Association, but the Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club membership includes all fans of the University of Alabama in Dallas and Wilcox counties.

The Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club board consists of Ronnie Leet,  Anne Williamson, Buddy Perkins, James McNeill, Beau Boyd, Tom Glover Ill,  Barbara Leet and Laura Beth Boyd.